Chemical Peel Skin Treatments

Chemical Peel Skin Treatments

Retinoic Acid Peels

Retinoic Acid Peels are perfect for those who wish to eradicate skin problems without having to resort to more invasive correction methods.

What is Retinoic Acid?

Retinoic acid peel is a type of chemical peel which uses retinoic acid – but what is retinoic acid?

Retinoic acid is derived from retinoids which is basically denatured vitamin A. It is chemically like Retin A and has a very similar effect on collagen producing skin cells. Retinoic acid is so effective that it helps in active skin cell division – which is how we rejuvenate and stimulate new skin.

Moreover, the retinoic acid peel helps seal the moisture in the skin even at the deepest level, stimulating collagen production, and behaves as an antibiotic as retinoic acid stops bacteria from growing. This peel is a very effective method of skin rejuvenation and acne treatment. The surface will become a lot smoother and reduces the deepest lines & wrinkles.

 

What can it treat?

 

The retinoic peel helps best with;

 

For best results, we would normally pair the peel with another treatment such as laser rejuvenation, microdermabrasion, and/or LED therapy.

 

What’s involved?

 

When you attend a chemical peel treatment, one of our skin therapists will apply our chemical peel solution onto your face. We will allow the peel to dry for a few minutes before applying a second coat. We will pat the peel into the skin and allow it to dry again. Unlike other peels, must keep this one on over night without applying anything else onto your skin until the following morning. You will also not experience any tingling or stinging with this peel.

There is a yellowish tinge to the peel but it’s very slight and not noticeable. There are no usual problems visible during the first two days, however you will notice the peeling process itself begins on the third day onward. It is important to allow the skin to peel and flake off on its own.

The treatment time for a chemical peel is only 15mins.

What areas of the body can be treated?

 

The retinoic acid peel can be used on any part of the body. The most common areas we treat regularly include the face, neck, hands, décolletage, upper back, and buttocks.

 

How many treatments will I need?

 

Best results are seen after a series of treatments, especially when paired with another advanced skin treatment. A series of 3 treatments on a regular basis of 4-6 weeks apart are recommended or until you have achieved desired result. To maintain results, it is best recommended to have the peel done twice per year.

 

Is there a best time to do a peel?

 

Like most cosmetic treatments, anytime you are planning to get sun exposure is not a good time for this peel. You will also need to consider that you may experience noticeable peeling for up to one week so you will want to plan your schedule around it. As you also cannot remove the peel (which has a yellowish tinge) until the following morning, clients generally attend a treatment after work so that they can go straight home afterwards.

If you tend to always have weekend plans, it is best to have a treatment on a Friday afternoon/evening [provided you don’t have Friday night plans], as you won’t start peeling until Monday!

 

Contraindications

 

One must remember that even though this procedure is available, it isn’t suitable for everyone.

You will need to talk to one of skin therapists regarding any of these possible contraindications:

  • Patients with a history of allergies, rashes or other skin reactions or anyone with an allergy to salicylates (i.e. ASPIRIN®)
  • Patients who have taken Accutane® within the past year
  • Patients who have received chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding (lactating) women
  • Patients under the age of 12
  • Patients with thin, fragile skin.

 

Pre and Post treatment Care

 

The following should be avoided 1 week before and after the treatment:

  • Electrolysis, Waxing, Depilatory creams, and Laser hair removal (on the area)
  • Any exfoliating products
  • Any products that may be drying or irritating, including products containing salicylic acid, AHAs (including glycolic acids) and products containing Vitamin A or retinol
  • Shaving of the area to be peeled should be avoided on the day the treatment

After the treatment you may be more sensitive to sun exposure. Take precautions by using a daily SPF 30. We recommend limiting sun exposure for at least two weeks after your peel.

You can use makeup from when you wash the peel off the next morning. When the peeling begins on day 3, use a gentle cleanser and do not exfoliate or scrub the skin. If you are wearing makeup, please use extra cleanser to remove your makeup without disturbing the peeling skin too much.

As tempting as it is, avoid “helping” the skin to peel – no picking or peeling. You may resume the regular use of retinols, AHA products, Vitamin C or bleaching creams only after the peeling process is complete plus another 7 days after.

We advise no gym or any strenuous exercise and no swimming or saunas for 2 to 3 days as perspiration may irritate the skin.

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